Monday, November 15, 2010

Crafts 19th Century Style

If you've been reading my blog for sometime, you will know how much I love going to The Genesee Country Village and Museum.  This past Saturday my Mom and I went to their craft day.  OH did we have fun.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many children there were this year.  Perhaps I'll take our children next year...not sure about that.  This is something my Mom and I do together.

The tables were set up into stations where you made a different craft.  There were 6 over all.

First we did the Apple Spice Sweet Bags.  This is the scent of Christmas in a small package.

First we put all the ingredients into a mortar and pestle.  Gently crush the ingredients.


Put half of the mixture onto a piece of fabric.  Gather and tie with a ribbon.  I'd post the recipe but I haven't asked permission of the museum.

Next up was turning tin into an ornament.  I should of worn my finger protectors!! We had to hammer a nail into a pattern on the tin.

Below you can see the pattern before we started.  I enjoyed this, but when you have many people at the table it is difficult to hold your hand steady while hammering.  The nail would move and then ouch!  LOL!


Our wonderful instructor.


Next up was the teacup quilt.  This was SO easy.  I'm not very good at sewing (yet).  But I hope to find someone willing to teach me.  This was made out of 5 squares of fabric.  I'm planning on making some of these to give a way as gifts.


This was our VERY patient instructor.  I also found out she is homeschooled!  Hmmm maybe I can take lessons from her...LOL!



This finished product!!  These were so easy to make.  I can't wait to visit the craft store and pick up some fabric to make more.


Next up were peanuts on a string.  These are SO cute.  I have many different ideas running through my head on what I could put in the paper instead of peanuts....small toys, candy ect.  I even thought of making it into an Advent string.  One for each of the kids with scripture in it and a small surprise.


The finished string.  I just think these are so cute!  One problem that might arise is our cat may think it's a toy...LOL!


You might think Mom and I go to the craft day for the crafts!  But we really go for this WONDERFUL soup...Butternut Apple Soup!  OH my I've never tasted anything as good.


Next were these adorable painted snowmen.  I could of chosen to do a santa also, but I liked the snowmen.  These were just cinnamon sticks that we painted.  So simple.  I'm making some of these to give out as well.  So if your on my Christmas list....just pretend to be surprised! :-)

This is our last craft.  Paper roses~~or tussy-mussy as they were called in the 19th century.  They were made from crepe paper...how neat is that?!  This took some finger strength, but I love how it turned out.

This was our instructor for the flowers.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making the crafts.   The museum even has a blog now go HERE to check it out.

In just 5 weeks hubby and I will be going on a Yuletide tour at the museum!  I can not wait!!  It is something we look forward to ALL year.  We missed the last 2 years and made it a point to register early.  So you can be sure I'll be doing a post or 2 about our tour!!

picture from the museum website

I'm telling you if you ever come to western NY you HAVE to visit the Genesee Country Village and Museum!!  Better yet come here JUST to visit the museum.  Come and see all our area has to offer!

2 comments:

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Hi!
I haven't commented in a while!
Your day looked like so much fun-it wore me out just looking at all the pictures, LOL!
A Yuletide tour seems nostalgic--We have the Biltmore House that is 45 minutes north of us that I look forward to going to every few years--maybe this year...
I pray you are having a wonderful Autumn so far!!
Hugs,
~me

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh my goodness! I can remember going there on a field trip when I was a kid!